NBCPhiladelphia - Monique Braxton
Five new families will benefit from Philadelphia's 58th Annual Hero Thrill Show fundraiser. The event raises money for the children of local police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty to attend college.
Thousands gathered in South Philadelphia for the 58th annual “Hero Thrill Show” fundraiser to benefit relatives of Philadelphia firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty.
The Philadelphia Police Department's Highway Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team and others performed stunts and choreographed routines in the parking lot outside the Wells Fargo Center Saturday. The goal of the annual event is to help raise scholarship money for the children of fallen police officers and firefighters to attend college.
The families of police officers Brian Lorenzo and Moses Walker and firefighters Daniel Sweeney and Robert Neary will benefit from this year’s fundraiser. Organizers announced they will also provide money for the two children of Plymouth Township police officer Bradley Fox who was killed a week ago.
People who attended Saturday's event say it’s important to remember the contributions of all our men and women in uniform.
“It’s important because a lot of times we take for granted our police department and our fire department, we think it’s our right for them to keep us safe,” Matthew Epps said.
More than $3 million has been raised in scholarship money since 2001.